Sinas Clarified Yantok is Only Used to Enforce, Won’t Harm Any Protocols Violators
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Debold Sinas clarified that ‘yantok’ will be only used to enforce COVID-19 protocols and not to harm violators.
In the PNP press briefing at Camp Crame, Quezon City, General Sinas said that social distancing patrollers will not use the ‘yantok’ or rattan sticks to hit health protocols violators. He clarified that it will be used to enforce social distancing.
“Kapag nakita mo ang baton natin, maiksi lang iyon. Maiksi lang iyong makita mo at least one foot lang ata iyong baton so we prefer a longer one, which is yung yantok, para po mas mahaba para iyon ang magdedetermine ng proper social distancing. Hindi po iyon [yantok] gagamitin sa pamamalo,” Sinas said.
Sinas also added that the rattan stick will be used to subdue stubborn or unruly residents who will resist the arrest. He said, instead of guns they use yantok to stop violent actions.
“Also kaya kami nagkwan, iyan yantok po kapag may violent or nagresist instead na barilin kaagad namin, iyong na lang po ang pagsubdue po namin,” Sinas said.
PNP deputy chief for operation, Lt. Gen. Cesar Binag previously said they will use the one-meter length rattan stick as a measuring device for distancing and “would be used to hit hardheaded individuals.”
However, the Commission of Human Rights (CHR) spokesperson lawyer Jacqueline Ann de Guia opposed saying that these methods should never compromise human rights and the dignity of the Filipino at all times and situations.
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